The successful candidate will have a primary role in developing, implementing, and disseminating trainings for school police officers as part of a larger National Institute of Justice-funded project to broaden the delivery of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SW-PBIS) and trauma-informed approaches within and across challenging school contexts. The primary project goals are to create, execute, and validate a replicable approach to promoting positive youth behavior and responding to youth needs in ways that systematically and meaningfully incorporate all school personnel.
Job Description. This individual will serve as a lead member of the program development team to adapt SW-PBIS and trauma trainings to the unique roles and experiences of school police officers. This individual will:
- Adapt established training curricula for use with school safety officers using Goldstein and colleagues’ (2012) structured approach to intervention adaptation;
- Conduct focus groups with students, school officers, and other school personnel;
- Pilot trainings with an officer advisory group;
- Facilitate train-the-trainer workshops for police trainers and SW-PBIS coaches;
- Assist with creation of data collection tools;
- Communicate with partner agencies to inform program development, implementation, and enhancement;
- Author, co-author, and collaborate on related publications, presentations, and grant proposals.
Learning and Professional Development. The successful candidate will gain valuable learning and professional development opportunities. This individual will:
- Work closely with the program development team, which includes Dr. Naomi Goldstein (site PI) and former Philadelphia Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Bethel, as well as with the Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab’s members, including a data and evaluation manager, research coordinator, doctoral students, and undergraduate research assistants;
- Work closely with the project PI, Dr. Abigail Gray, and her team at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education at the University of Pennsylvania;
- Collaborate with community partner agencies, including the School District of Philadelphia, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, and several universities;
- Receive mentorship in adolescent behavior change strategies, intervention development and implementation, school and justice system reform, policy work, and grant writing.
- If the successful candidate is a postdoctoral fellow, this individual can participate in postdoctoral seminars and professional development workshops at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Additional opportunities available to teach pending interest.
Qualifications. The Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab seeks a candidate with a doctoral degree in psychology, education, social work, public health, criminology, public policy, or a related discipline. The ideal candidate will have strong writing and presentation skills, meaningful understanding of behavior change principles with adolescents, and the excellent interpersonal skills needed for successful collaboration with system stakeholders. Title dependent on experience and career track.
Salary. $50,000 plus benefits. Funded by NIJ grant #2017-CK-BX-0016 (PI: A. Gray; Drexel Site PI: N. Goldstein)
How to Apply. Please send a letter of interest and CV to Naomi Goldstein, Ph.D., Director of the Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab, Co-Director of the Law and Psychology Program, and Professor of Psychology at Drexel University: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please specify in the subject line, "2018 Application for Position 2" or "2018 Application for Positions 1 and 2." Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue on a rolling basis until both positions are filled.